Checklist for the preparation of submissions


As part of the submission process, authors are required to check that their submission meets all of the requirements indicated below. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors.


  • The submission has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted to another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the editor).
  • The file sent is in Microsoft Word format for layout purposes.
  • Web addresses for references have been added.
  • The use of the exact copy of the original (OF A TABLE, IMAGE, ETC.) or its adaptation, may require written authorization from the owner of the COPYRIGHT, and it is the responsibility of the author(s) to investigate the type of authorization that is required, and include it.
  • The text complies with the bibliographic and style requirements indicated in the Guidelines for Authors, which can be found in About the Journal.
  • If the author(s) are submitting a manuscript to a journal section that is peer reviewed, they must ensure that the instructions in Ensuring Blind Review have been followed.
  • If the manuscript is accepted in this Journal, its publication here is mandatory.
  • Send, signed, the document Letter of Originality and Copyright Transfer License, which is may be found at the link at the end of this paragraph or can be found on the Journal’s site in the left-hand menu. This must be scanned with the respective signatures and sent to the e-mail address of the Journal ( This document may be found at:
  • Any conflict of interest has been declared in the metadata section.
  • The author(s) have complied with the ethical principles of research.
  • Information on the contribution of each author to the manuscript has been provided, in accordance with the instructions for authors, and the codes that appear below:
  • A- Financing
  • B- Study Design
  • C- Data collection
  • D- Statistical analysis and interpretation of results
  • E- Manuscript preparation
  • F-Other: specify.


Author Guidelines


 (Updated on September 10, 2019)


Publication standards for authors


The journal Economía y Sociedad belongs to the School of Economics of the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (ESEUNA), and is published every six months, closing on June 30 and December 31 of each year. The Journal is part of an effort to promote critical and alternative economic thinking from the perspective of economics and development ethics.


The journal promotes the publication of articles with analytical approaches and perspectives that are not only innovative, but also promote the common good and social and environmental justice. It also has a pluralistic approach to the social sciences, promoting theoretical and methodological diversity, as long as its articles contribute to confronting the socioeconomic challenges of Latin American societies, and represent a contribution to knowledge.


The target audience consists of academics, professionals and students in the Economic and Social Sciences. Descriptors: Economy; developing; finance; business.


To submit your article you must carefully read the following guide:


The process of submitting manuscripts is carried out through the Journal’s mail ( You must attach the file with the complete original article, including the abstract of the study, additional files and the letter of originality and transfer of author’s? rights, (which can be downloaded in Spanish or in English).


In the letter of originality and assignment of author’s? rights, you must clearly indicate the contribution of each participant. You are required to specify the collaboration that each participant had in the investigation, in the box that requests this information. You must fill in all the spaces with the required information. The data will later be verified. It is necessary that the letter be signed by ALL the authors and sent (scanned) to the official mail of the Journal together with the article (preferably from an institutional mail). Once the submission has been made, the Journal staff will be in charge of registering your article on the OJS (Open Journal System) platform, and you will be notified of an account with which you can follow up on the review or publication process of your article.


If the article received meets the minimum requirements of the Journal: a) title, abstract and keywords in Spanish and English, b) maximum length of 6,000 words, c) thematic affinity with the Journal, order and coherence and, d) ) letter of originality and author’s rights license  duly completed and signed, it will be analyzed with anti-plagiarism software (Turnitin) to verify that the author(s) have recognized the intellectual property of the works consulted. Subsequently, the article is submitted for peer review by specialists external to the Journal, using the Double Blind methodology. The average time for review and publication of articles is 8 to 12 weeks. For more information about the peer review process use  this link


If you want, you can use the articles in volume 23, number 53, 2018 of the Journal for reference. Another document that can contribute to the preparation of your article is the APA Publications Manual (pp. 23-40) that emphasizes quantitative publications or qualitative publications, for more details go to this link. Lastly, using free anti-plagiarism software can help ensure a transparent process.


The articles must be sent in the format presented below:




The documents must be sent in Microsoft Word for Windows format (extensions .doc or .docx). The font must be Calibrí and the font size must be 12. The alignment of the text should be justified in one column. Also, all pages should be numbered at the bottom right. The maximum number of words is 6,000 (with the exception of systematic review articles that can have a maximum of 7,000 words), including references. The inclusion of appendices (questionnaires, scales, figures, tables, among others) is also taken into account in the total number of words of the article.


The Journal recommends the use of the following sections: INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, REFERENCES and APPENDICES, the latter only if necessary.


The first page of the article must contain the title in Spanish and English (titles should not exceed 18 words), and the full name(s) of the author(s) and their institutional affiliation(s); you must also mention the research project from which your article is derived (if this is the case). The works must include a brief summary of the curriculum, telephone number and address of each of the author(s).


The introduction must clearly state the objective, the central hypothesis of the article (if any), and a summary of the theoretical approach.


Articles that do not meet editorial standards will not be submitted to the peer review process.


Structure of abstracts and descriptors or keywords


The abstract of the article should have a maximum of 250 words and must include the objective of the article, the method and materials used to collect the information, the main results obtained and the conclusions of the study; it must be written in Spanish and English. At the end of the abstract you must include a maximum of 5 descriptors or keywords, in both Spanish and English. It is suggested that the descriptors be words other than those used in the title, with the aim of improving the visibility of the article in search engines.


Standards for figures and tables


Drawings, graphs, diagrams, illustrations and photographs will be collectively referred to as figures. They must be included in the main document, located where the author wishes; but they should not extend beyond the outer margins of the text. In addition, they must be referred to within the text, and they must be numbered in order of appearance.


Both the figures and the tables must use Calibri font, font size 12, and must be sent in additional editable files to facilitate layout.


They must conform to the the third edition APA format in Spanish (2010), translated from the sixth edition in English (2009).


Below the figure there should be a footer with the title and concise explanations of the figure, as well as clarifications of abbreviations, statistics, symbols and others.


The figures (in black and white or with colors, but in high resolution) must be sent together with the article in the original format, in case it is necessary to make modifications during layout.


When including figures that are not created by the author(s), the author(s) must obtain and submit the corresponding permissions to the Journal and indicate this fact in the references. In the specific case of photographs, it is important to mention that permission of both the person(s) photographed (if any) and the photographer is required. In the article publication request note, the author(s) must guarantee and demonstrate with additional documentation that the images or other types of illustration included in their article have the proper permissions for their use.


Reference Guidelines


The list of references (referring only to the sources cited in the text) should appear in alphabetical order starting with the first author, and with hanging indentation. It is recommended that the use of references should not be abused, but rather that references should be selected depending on their relevance and direct relationship with the topic. Refer to the following webpages or the 2010 APA Publication Manual for guidance:ón/


Here are examples of references for commonly used sources:


Printed book


Author’s last name, first initial. (year). Title of the book in italics. Country: publisher name.




Mora, H. (2004). 101 razones para oponerse al Tratado de Libre Comercio entre Centroamérica y Estados Unidos. Costa Rica: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica Press


Printed journal article


Last name of the author, initial of the name in capital letters with a period. (year). Article title. Journal name in italics, journal volume in italics (journal number in parentheses without italics), page numbers.




Diaz, R. and Valenciano, J. A. (2012). Gobernanza en las cadenas globales de  mercancías/valor: una revisión conceptual. Journal Economía y Sociedad, 17(41), 9-27.


Journal article in electronic format


Last name of the author, initial of the name in capital letters with a period. (year). Article title. Journal name in italics, journal volume in italics (journal number in parentheses without italics), page numbers. Retrieved from electronic address of the document.




Diaz, R. and Valenciano, J. (2012). Gobernanza en las cadenas globales de  mercancías/valor: una revisión conceptual. Journal Economía y Sociedad, 17(41), 9-27. Retrieved from


Work published informally or self-archived


Last name of the author, initial of the name in capital letters with a period. (year). Article title in italics. Retrieved from website address.




Morales, R. (2012). Balance macroeconómico administración Chinchilla Miranda. Retrieved from




Citations must appear in the text following the APA format, sixth edition in English or third edition of the Spanish translation.


At the end of the process, if the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors of the published articles will receive a copy of the printed journal in which their article appears.


For inquiries, write to us at


Henry Mora Jimenez, Ph.D., Director

Roxana Morales Ramos, M.Sc., Editor-in-Chief

Fabiola Quirós Segura, Licda., Deputy Editor

Revista Economía y Sociedad

School of Economics

Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica

Telephone number (506) 2562-41-42



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  1. The authors retain the copyright and assign to the Journal the right of first publication, with the work registered using the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which allows third parties to use published works as long as they mention the authorship of the work and the first publication in this Journal.
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